Pritikin, because of the Star wars Yoda lightsaber best dad father’s day shirt and I love this scale and specificity of her collection, is a bit of a micro-celebrity in the world of Instagram archival collectors. Her account @e.archive is modest at under 450 followers, which includes friends and fellow collectors. According to Pritikin, the majority of her followers are, “people who I assume love Balenciaga.” She began her collection years after her teenage discovery of the scuba top, when she was at London College of Fashion and visiting New York on a spontaneous work trip. “It is the scuba top from look 1 of spring 2003, worn by Erin Wasson, and is new minus the tags,” she says, “I remember finding it and it was my first time seeing a piece of this caliber in person. And I got so emotional when I found it that I was almost in tears.”
In college, Pritikin began to work at a fashion casting company during fashion month. There, she began to save up money to buy more Balenciaga. At first, she began to collect non-runway, more commercial pieces. Pritikin’s attitude changed, and she started to curate her collection more and sought out more collectible pieces. “I have to think about the Star wars Yoda lightsaber best dad father’s day shirt and I love this future of my collection and what is going to happen with it. I’m not going to hold onto it forever, so in my head, I am thinking about what is most attractive to a museum or an archive.” To scout for pieces, Pritikin estimates that she spends two to three hours a day trawling resale websites for items to purchase. For items she doesn’t wear, she resells them. “These pieces don’t hold any value sitting in my closet. So it makes sense for me to sell them,” says Pritikin.